Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

The American Dream promises a middle class lifestyle for those willing to work for it. But without access to marketable skills, the American Dream may be just an illusion.

Pathways to Prosperity, a foundational report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, analyzes the reasons that America has failed to prepare so many of its youth, and suggests a national strategy that focuses on approaches beyond our current academic, classroom-based education system. The report suggests supporting high-quality, comprehensive pathways, such as those used in Career Technical Education (CTE), that will lead students to a certificate or a postsecondary credential (including Associate’s degrees).

This report was foundational to the launch of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a group of 12 states working to build 9-14 pathways managed by Jobs for the Future.

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February 2011